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French feel proud of their country after attacks

The Local · 2 Feb 2015, 09:16

Published: 02 Feb 2015 09:16 GMT+01:00

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Polls in recent years have been more likely to portray the French as pessimistic and suffering from a "collective depression", given the state of the country's economy, but since the attacks the public has had renewed reason to feel proud.
Three out of ten French people feel prouder to call themselves French ever since millions rallied nationwide after Paris was hit by a terror attack last month, a BVA survey for iTele revealed. 
Despite the trauma that followed January's terror attack, which saw 17 people killed, the nation gathered together in solidarity just days later in one of the biggest marches in French history. 
The survey found that 28 percent of the French public feeling prouder to call themselves French than they were in December. 
Seventy percent, meanwhile, said their national pride didn't change and two percent reported to feel less proud. 
The French public also reported a boost in their interest in politics, with 76 percent reporting that they were interested in the country's political developments, up five percentage points compared to December. 
However, only 26 percent of those surveyed said they had confidence in the country's politicians. 
While many French people may indeed be feeling a national unity, that's not to say that cracks haven't appeared. Since the attacks, the government has ramped up security across the country in attempts to prevents possible reprisal attacks. 
There have been more anti-Muslim incidents recorded in the two weeks following the attacks than in the whole of 2014, with anti-Semitic are on the rise too.
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The survey was carried out at the end of January and involved 1,044 people
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